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Dean Cox signs for Crawley Town but can’t play in League Two until January after leaving Leyton Orient on September 1

PUBLISHED: 12:42 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:42 13 September 2016

Dean Cox puts his foot in for Leyton Orient against Mansfield Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Dean Cox puts his foot in for Leyton Orient against Mansfield Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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O’s legend will come up against his old club on March 25 and has signed contract until June 2019 at Broadfield Stadium

Crawley Town have confirmed Dean Cox has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the League Two club after leaving Leyton Orient at the start of this month.

The 29-year-old departed the O’s by mutual consent on September 1 and therefore can’t play for another Football League club until January.

But he has agreed a switch to the Red Devils and will be training with them between now and the New Year.

Dermot Drummy spoke to the official club website and said: “I am delighted we have managed to get this over the line and to welcome Dean to Crawley.

“He will give us so many good options. He gets goals, he also gets a lot of assists and he’s a hard working player who gives everything every time he goes onto the pitch.

“We’ve had some good discussions during the negotiations with Dean. He knows a lot of people at the club on and off the pitch which I think will help him settle in.

“Although it’s frustrating that we can’t play him for a while we have the option of loaning him out to a Conference South club.

“We can also arrange practice matches for Dean and, of course, he’ll be training with us as part of the squad.

“The owners and directors and Kelly (Derham) have worked hard to get this deal done and we look forward to welcoming Dean to the club Tuesday.”

Cox is likely to face his former club on March 25 when Orient visit Broadfield Stadium.

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